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Funding Unsuccessful
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About


Our Story

Five years ago, my wife, Sue, and I decided to embark on a great adventure. We quit our jobs in the UK and with our two boys, then aged 5 and 7,  moved to an abandoned farmhouse in the middle of Tuscany to try to resuscitate an olive farm.We've spent our entire time here, with the help of an amazing group of work-exchange helpers, repairing the house and olive groves to get them into working condition, but now that we've achieved this, it's time to use our wonderful olives to create some income!  and to do tis, we need a second hand tractor (of good, reliable quality), and over 1200m2 of olive harvesting nets .......and to get these, we need your help please. We would like to ask you to join our journey and help us grow our olives.

In addition to all your rewards, every backer is eligible to recieve one litre of our extra virgin olive oil if you collect it from our farm door.

A huge thank you from all of us
A huge thank you from all of us

Tuscan Farm mission

Our mission is to harvest our 600 Tuscan organic olive trees and produce 100% organic extra virgin olive oil and distribute the oil commercially, which will be the first commercial olive oil harvest and oil production on the farm for 45 years.

Along with all the luscious goodies, on the day we achieve our goal, Chris will immerse himself in a bath of ice to celebrate and we'll post the video immediately on Kickstarter for your hilarity. omg

The equipment we need is:

A good quality second hand orchard tractor and 12000m2 of olive nets.

We need other equipment aswell which we will purchase with the profits of our first commercial olive harvest, but for now we will use our grit, determination and imagination with your backing to succeed.

Please remember if we don't get all the backing then we will not get anything so it's 100% organic olive oil all the way.

Picking and Pressing Olives By Hand

We hand pick our olives and press them at the local frantoio ( olive press ) ten minutes away.

Some of our fave olive pickers (Erik is taking the photo)
Some of our fave olive pickers (Erik is taking the photo)

To date we have picked and pressed enough extra virgin olive oil for our family consumption. According to our frantoio (olive press) and he is an expert with four generations of experience to his training and his son is taking over the reigns as the fifth generation, our oil is the highest grade possible.

Olive delivery to the press
Olive delivery to the press
Tuscan Farm freshly pressed extra virgin olive oil
Tuscan Farm freshly pressed extra virgin olive oil
Tuscan Farm 100% organic olive oil 2013
Tuscan Farm 100% organic olive oil 2013

Our 300 year old house

Our land has 600 olive trees within 3 acres in Tuscany. The house is three hundred years old and everything was abandoned for twenty five years.

After five years clearing all the brambles, ivy, invading wild plants and doing a brutal restorative pruning, we have loved our trees back to and we are now ready to produce our first small scale commercial quantity of extra virgin olive oil.... we are so excited.

When our organic extra virgin olive oil clears we added chilli
When our organic extra virgin olive oil clears we added chilli

The house has been in the same family for 300 years, namely the Pelligrini family, and we think they would be very proud of what we are doing with their home. So if anybody knows any Pellegrini's let them know, because we might be treading where their relatives trod before.

If you are interested in the unedited version of our story you can find it at our blog by following this link https://plus.google.com/u/0/111321705800878611127/posts/p/pub and whilst you're there drop us a comment.

One year after we arrived
One year after we arrived
Beautiful Tuscan Farm truly free range chickens
Beautiful Tuscan Farm truly free range chickens

Tuscan Farm sustainable living

Sue and I met and married within 12 weeks and we now have two boys, Henry and Erik aged 12 and 10. Five years after moving to Tuscan Farm and a lot of searching on ebay, the house is powered by photovoltaic panels on the roof for electricity, a solar panel for steaming hot water in the summer, a wood burning stove fuelled by wood cut that we cut from 16 acres of local sustainable woodland, to cook on, heat part of the house and give us more steaming water in winter, our water from a natural source passed through a UV light with no chemicals used.

This is how we get our electricity and boiling hot water
This is how we get our electricity and boiling hot water

Our olives are picked and pressed within 48 hours because this ensures that the crucial acidity level is achieved to attain the coveted label of extra virgin olive oil.

Baking our home made bread in the farms 300 year old oven
Baking our home made bread in the farms 300 year old oven

The past four and a half years have been spent building up to this point  and now we want to guarantee the success of our first commercial harvest. To guarantee our harvest we need backing for olive farming equipment, namely all the nets to gather the olive harvest, and a good quality second hand orchard tractor to transport over 2460 Kg of olives to the frantoio (olive press) and  more than 2000 litres of olive oil from the frantoio.

Our wonderful helpers

We could not have achieved all our dreams over five years without over 200 people from all over the globe helping us tirelessly clear, build, dig, plant, prune, wash, paint, re-roof, in exchange for us providing a bed, all the wine they could consume, delicious home grown food and teaching them how to live sustainably.

Tuscan Farm organic vegetables
Tuscan Farm organic vegetables

Recipe book

A large number of helpers left us with some incredible recipes and Osamu from Japan educated us about the health benefits of olive leaf tea.

Sue presents a flavour of our amazing recipe book
Sue presents a flavour of our amazing recipe book
Ok here's a taster recipe from our amazing recipe book
Ok here's a taster recipe from our amazing recipe book

Now we are ready for the next stage so if you are inspired then please back us all the way.....THANK YOU 

(if you go to the end you will see how our profile picture was made)

Pruning'R'Us

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Tuscan Farm goodies list

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  • Carved initials on one of our olive trees
    Carved initials on one of our olive trees

We would love to hear from you at our:

twitter https://twitter.com/TuscanFarm 

facebook https://m.facebook.com/tuscan.farm 

blog https://plus.google.com/u/0/111321705800878611127/posts/p/pub 

web site http://www.tuscanfarm.co.uk/

where everyone can follow our fantastic adventure, there is never a dull day, guaranteed!!

When we sell our 100% organic extra virgin olive oil commercially, it will retail at £30 per litre which is approximately £20 less expensive than another comparible olive oil (not that there is anything else that compares).

So, going forward into the twentieth century (we'll let our boys deal with the twenty first century), we would like backing please for the resources listed below to enable our unique 100% organic crop to be harvested and sold commercially.

Olive harvest for the family
Olive harvest for the family

Rewards Timeline

All of the rewards we are offering for your incredible backing will be sent out in march and the extra virgin olive oil will be sent out as soon as it is pressed in November 2014 (it's worth the wait), and so the more you back us, the more it will seem like Christmas every month until your astounding Tuscan Farm extra olive oil arrives.

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In the meantime if you become a backer and you are close by, any time of the year please let us know and we will give you a guided tour of our olive groves and we'll tell you some great places to visit that only the locals know about.

Risks and challenges

With the lifestyle we have chosen to follow there are risks aplenty, from the weather to diseased plants, loosing the blossom before the fruit has set and loosing all our crop, or our water supply freezing in winter, however, we don't bury our heads in the sand, we see the risks and challenges as part of the adventure and anyway there is always a solution to every problem.

Therefore in answer to the risks and challenges issue, if there aren't risks and challenges then we're not pushing life to it's limit, well that's what I told Sue when I booked her a paragliding flight for her 50th birthday.

Again, thank you all so much for looking at us and we hope you have been inspired to back our incredible project.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    A huge thank you from Tuscan Farm,

    10 awesome recipes from our Tuscan Farm recipe book, sent digitally,

    a guided tour in 2014 of Tuscan Farm for 2 people, so either yourselves or a nominated 2 people and collect one litre of Tuscan Farm extra virgin olive oil from the gate of our farm in 2014

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    A huge thank from Tuscan Farm,

    The whole Tuscan Farm recipe book! (over 60 recipes including a secret three hundred year old family Yorkshire pudding recipe)sent digitally.

    A guided tour of Tuscan Farm in 2014 for 2 people, so either yourselves or a nominated 2 people and collect one litre of Tuscan Farm extra virgin olive oil from the gate of our farm in 2014.

    Up to four initials and a heart, carved into one of our Olive trees that will last forever (Perfect valentines day gift, birthday, anniversary) plus a photo of the carving on our web site .

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    Pledge £25 or more About $31

    A huge thank from Tuscan Farm,

    The whole Tuscan Farm recipe book! (over 60 recipes including a secret three hundred year old family Yorkshire pudding recipe)sent digitally.

    A guided tour of Tuscan Farm in 2014 for 2 people, so either yourselves or a nominated 2 people and collect one litre of Tuscan Farm extra virgin olive oil from the gate of our farm in 2014.

    Your name on our Tuscan Farm barn plaque, to be pictured on our website (www.tuscanfarm.co.uk)and the plaque will hang in our barn.
    Up to four initials and a heart, carved into one of our Olive trees that will last forever (Perfect valentines day gift, birthday, anniversary) plus a photo of the carving on our web site .

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    Pledge £50 or more About $62

    A huge thank you from Tuscan Farm,

    The whole Tuscan Farm6 recipe book! (over 60 recipes including a secret three hundred year old family Yorkshire pudding recipe) sent digitally.

    A guided tour of Tuscan Farm in 2014 for 2 people, so either yourselves or a nominated 2 people and collect one litre of Tuscan Farm extra virgin olive oil from the gate of our farm in 2014.

    Your name on our Tuscan Farm barn plaque, to be pictured on our website (www.tuscanfarm.co.uk)and the plaque will hang in our barn.

    A bag of herbal olive leaves to make your very own organic olive tea .

    A hand crafted olive wood spaghetti measurer from our sustainable olive wood at Tuscan Farm.
    Up to four initials and a heart, carved into one of our Olive trees that will last forever (Perfect valentines day gift, birthday, anniversary) plus a photo of the carving on our web site .

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    Pledge £100 or more About $123

    A huge thank you from Tuscan Farm,

    The whole Tuscan Farm recipe book! (over 60 recipes including a secret three hundred year old family Yorkshire pudding recipe)sent digitally.

    A guided tour of Tuscan Farm in 2014 for 2 people, so either yourselves or a nominated 2 people and collect one litre of Tuscan Farm extra virgin olive oil from the gate of our farm in 2014.

    Your name on our Tuscan Farm barn plaque, to be pictured on our website (www.tuscanfarm.co.uk)and the plaque will hang in our barn.

    A bag of herbal olive leaves leaves to make your very own organic olive tea.

    A hand crafted olive wood spaghetti measurer from our sustainable olive wood at Tuscan Farm.

    Up to four initials and a heart, carved into one of our Olive trees that will last forever (Perfect valentines day gift, birthday, anniversary) plus a photo of the carving on our web site . .

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    Pledge £500 or more About $614

    A huge thank you from Tuscan Farm,

    The whole Tuscan Farm recipe book! (over 60 recipes including a secret three hundred year old family Yorkshire pudding recipe) sent digitally.

    A guided tour of Tuscan Farm in 2014 for 2 people, so either yourselves or a nominated 2 people and collect one litre of Tuscan Farm extra virgin olive oil from the gate of our farm in 2014.

    Your name on our Tuscan Farm barn plaque, to be pictured on our website (www.tuscanfarm.co.uk)and the plaque will hang in our barn.

    A bag of herbal olive leaves to make your very own organic olive tea.

    A hand crafted olive wood spaghetti measurer from our sustainable olive wood at Tuscan Farm.

    5 litres of Tuscan Farm 100% organic olive oil delivered to your door.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,228

    A huge thank you from Tuscan Farm

    The whole Tuscan Farm recipe book! (over 60 recipes including a secret three hundred year old family Yorkshire pudding recipe) sent digitally.

    A guided tour of Tuscan Farm in 2014 for 2 people, so either yourselves or a nominated 2 people and collect one litre of Tuscan Farm extra virgin olive oil from the gate of our farm in 2014.

    Your name on our Tuscan Farm barn plaque, to be pictured on our website (www.tuscanfarm.co.uk)and the plaque will hang in our barn.

    A bag of herbal olive leaves leaves to make your very own organic olive tea

    A hand crafted olive wood spaghetti measurer from our sustainable olive wood at Tuscan Farm.

    Up to four initials carved into one of our Olive trees that will last forever.

    15 LITRES OF TUSCAN FARM 100% ORGANIC OLIVE OIL DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR.

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